Views | Jacob Schneider, Bethel Republicans member, For The Clarion
Presidential Candidate Romney. | Photo for The Clarion courtesy of MCT.
On Nov. 6, I will be proud to cast my ballot for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President of the United States. For me, the choice between Governor Romney and President Obama could not be clearer. President Obama has failed in his promises and duties to the American people. Instead of the moderate policy promised, we have received radical policies that have had devastating impacts. Looking at the economy, as well as social policy, as the most important issues facing Christian college students today, I believe Mitt Romney is the absolute best choice.
The presidency of Barack Obama has been marred by broken promises and failed economic recovery. While he inherited a bad economy, his policies have only done harm. An $800 billion stimulus plan failed, our country’s credit rating was downgraded for the first time ever and our national debt has exceeded an unprecedented $16 trillion. The unemployment rate was above 8 percent for 31 months, the average length of unemployment is 40 weeks and more people are on food stamps than ever before. Gas prices doubled, the median household income has declined more than $4,000 and half of all college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. Furthermore, college tuition and average student loan debt is at an all-time high! Our country is rapidly headed toward fiscal destruction, and the Obama administration does not seem to care. The Obama administration has proven that government dependency, regulation and taxation of the job creators are the antithesis of success.
Governor Romney has built small businesses from the ground up. He has spent a good portion of his life working in private enterprise. The Romney/Ryan economic plan is simple. Romney has outlined a five-point plan designed to get our economy back on its feet – the right way, not through government dependency and regulation. He will help the U.S. achieve energy independence; make sure citizens have the skills to succeed through better education access and reform; make sure our trade is successful; cut the deficit through a variety of means, including capping spending and delegating more power to the states and help small businesses thrive through reducing taxes and deregulation.
In addition ,Governor Romney believes in the values that, as a Christian, I hold dear. Under our current president, religious liberty is under attack. The Obama administration’s prized accomplishment, “Obamacare,” mandates that religious institutions and employers must provide access to contraception and abortion coverage – even if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Obama has a record of favoring taxpayer-funded abortion, refuses to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act – a nonpartisan, Clinton-era law – and vehemently supports the Roe v. Wade ruling.
Romney, however, is pro-life, supports banning the use of federal funds for abortion and supports the defunding of pro-abortion agencies like Planned Parenthood. Romney supports traditional marriage – including a Federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman – and does not support the use of embryos for stem cell research. Furthermore, Romney recognizes that religious liberty and diversity are what the Founding Fathers had in mind, and will support that liberty to the fullest extent.
One day soon, I will be looking for a job. I will desire to use the skills I have been trained in – shaped by a Christian worldview – and go out into the world. Our liberties come from God, not the government – something the current administration does not seem to understand. We can restore our country’s prosperity, but we need a dramatic change in leadership. Please, join me in voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Nov. 6.